Counseling Psychology (M.S.)

Psychology Department

The M.S. Program in Counseling Psychology is designed to meet the state of California educational requirements for becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).

Licensed counselors can work in the public sector and non-profit settings like county mental health clinics, child guidance clinics, group foster homes, school districts, hospitals and HMOs, juvenile hall, and prison settings. They can also work in the private sector where they are employed by companies, for-profit agencies, and private practices. Educational licensing requirements are met through our program, which offers:

  • A foundation in theories of counseling that build strong relationships with clients and knowledge of effective treatment approaches
  • Experiential learning, through which students learn and practice relevant skills and come to trust their own internal experience in work with clients
  • An understanding and sensitivity to the effects of diverse individual, familial, and cultural factors
  • The tools needed for life-long learning and continued professional development

The Counseling Psychology curriculum includes courses in counseling skills, psychological testing, and diagnosing mental disorders. We feature therapy courses in child, couples, family, group, and individual counseling. Graduate students gain valuable, hands-on experience, in CSUB’s state-of-the-art University Counselor Training Clinic that provides low-cost counseling for the community.

Degree Level
Program Delivery
Area(s) of Study
Therapy/Counseling (individual, couples, marriage, or family)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WSCUC)
Department Chair
Director of Graduate Studies